This Virus Shouldn’t Exist (But it Does)

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How The Immune System ACTUALLY Works – IMMUNE

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The Largest Black Hole in the Universe – Size Comparison

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How To Terraform Venus (Quickly)

The first 1,000 people to use this link will get a 1 month free trial of Skillshare: https://skl.sh/kurzgesagtinanutshell08211 Sources & further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-terraform-venus/ Leaving earth to find new homes in space is an old dream of humanity and will sooner or later be necessary for our survival. The planet that gets the most attention is […]

The Day the Dinosaurs Died – Minute by Minute

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What Are You Doing With Your Life? The Tail End

Gain a new perspective on your life with our “Calendar & Timeline of Your Life Posters”: Existential Dread Sources & further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-tailend/ Wrapping your mind around your life is pretty hard, because you are up to your neck in it. It’s like trying to understand the ocean while learning how to swim. On most […]

TRUE Limits Of Humanity – The Final Border We Will Never Cross

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The Most Extreme Things in the Universe – Ultimate Guide to Black Holes

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Do we Need Nuclear Energy to Stop Climate Change?

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What if the World turned to Gold? – The Gold Apocalypse

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How Many People Did Nuclear Energy Kill? Nuclear Death Toll

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What if We Nuke the Moon?

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Can You Upload Your Mind & Live Forever? feat. Cyberpunk 2077

Get your copy of Cyberpunk 2077 here: http://cyberpunk.net/buy Sources & further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-mindupload The desire to be free from the limits of the human experience is as old as our first stories. We exist in an endless universe, only bound by the laws of physics and yet, our consciousness is trapped in mortal machines made […]

What If Earth got Kicked Out of the Solar System? Rogue Earth

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How Large Can a Bacteria get? Life & Size 3

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Geoengineering: A Horrible Idea We Might Have to Do

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When Time Became History – The Human Era

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Is It Too Late To Stop Climate Change? Well, it’s Complicated.

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The Largest Star in the Universe – Size Comparison

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The Warrior Kingdoms of the Weaver Ant

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Unlimited Resources From Space – Asteroid Mining

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How to Find Alien Civilizations – The Kardashev Scale

You can find our beautiful education posters, useful notebooks and cozy sweaters in our shop now: https://shop.kurzgesagt.org Sources & further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-kardashev-scale/ The observable universe is a big place that has been around for more than 13 billion years. Up to two trillion galaxies made up of something like 20,000 billion billion stars surround our […]

What Is Intelligence? Where Does it Begin?

You can find our beautiful education posters in our shop: https://shop.kurzgesagt.org This video was made possible by a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Sources & further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sourcesintelligence Humans are proud of a lot of things, from particle accelerators, to poetry to pokemon. All of them made possible because of something humans value […]

Who Is Responsible For Climate Change? – Who Needs To Fix It?

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Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization? Solar Flares & Coronal Mass Ejections

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The Past We Can Never Return To – The Anthropocene Reviewed

You can listen to all episodes of The Anthropocene Reviewed for free here: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/anthropocene-reviewed In September of 1940, an 18-year-old mechanic named Marcel Ravidat was walking his dog, Robot, in the countryside of Southwestern France when the dog disappeared down a hole. Robot eventually returned but the next day, Ravidat went to the spot with […]

Why Are You Alive – Life, Energy & ATP

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The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do

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Why Blue Whales Don’t Get Cancer – Peto’s Paradox

Get Merch designed with ❤ from https://kgs.link/shop Join the Patreon Bird Army 🐧 https://kgs.link/patreon ▼▼ More infos and links are just a click away ▼▼ Cancer is a creepy and mysterious thing. While we tried to understand it, to get better at killing it, we discovered a biological paradox that remains unsolved to this day: […]

How to Make a Kurzgesagt Video in 1200 Hours

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Milk. White Poison or Healthy Drink?

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How to Escape a Super Nova: Stellar Engines

Sources and further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-stellar-engines Get your Stellar Engine Infographic Poster here: https://shop.kurzgesagt.org Nothing in the Universe is static. In the milky way, billions of stars orbit the galactic center. Some, like our sun, are pretty consistent, keeping a distance of around 30,000 light years from the galactic center, completing an orbit every 230 million […]

Overpopulation & Africa

Sources and further reading: https://sites.google.com/view/sourcesoverpopulationandafrica For most of our history, the human population grew slowly. Until new discoveries brought us more food and made us live longer. In just a hundred years the human population quadrupled. This led to apocalyptic visions of an overcrowded earth. But the population growth rate actually peaked in the 1960s. […]

1,000km Cable to the Stars – The Skyhook

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Neutron Stars – The Most Extreme Things that are not Black Holes

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The 12,020 Human Era SPACE Calendar 🚀

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What if We Nuke a City?

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The Billion Ant Mega Colony and the Biggest War on Earth

Thanks to Curiosity Stream for supporting us in making this video. Go to https://curiositystream.com/kurzgesagt for a free 31-day-trial. Sources: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-argentine-ants In nearly every corner of the Earth, ants wage war against each other. Their weapons are what nature gave them. Some have strong armour, deadly stingers or sharp mandibles. And then there is this tiny, […]

What’s Hiding at the Most Solitary Place on Earth? The Deep Sea

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The Egg

The Egg Story by Andy Weir Animated by Kurzgesagt A Big Thanks to Andy Weir for allowing us to use his story. The original was released here: http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/theegg_mod.html Visit his website here: http://www.andyweirauthor.com/ If you want to support us, please check out those beautiful Egg posters we made: https://shop.kurzgesagt.org This video was more than 2 […]

The World War of the Ants – The Army Ant

Thanks to Curiosity Stream for supporting us in making this video. Go to https://curiositystream.com/kurzgesagt for a free 31-day-trial. Sources: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-world-war-ants/ Every day billions of soldiers fight a merciless war on thousands of fronts, that has been going on for over one hundred million years: The world war of the ants. Support us on Patreon so […]

Tiny Bombs in your Blood – The Complement System

Sources: https://sites.google.com/view/sources-complement-system One of the key players of our immune system is the complement system. An army of millions and trillions of tiny bombs, which work together in a complex and elegant dance to stop intruders in your body. Merchandise: http://shop.kurzgesagt.org Support us on Patreon so we can make more videos (and get cool stuff […]

Could Your Phone Hurt You? Electromagnetic Pollution

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